June 25, 2011
Comic-book artist Gene Colan, 84, whose career spanned seven decades and illustrated the adventures of characters such as Dracula, Batman, Daredevil, and the wisecracking Howard the Duck, died Thursday from complications of liver cancer in New York City. He developed a style both subtle and emotional that imbued the characters he drew with a vitality that seemed to leap off the pages. His work got him the nickname Gene "The Dean. " His 70-issue run on The Tomb of Dracula, written by Marv Wolfman in the 1970s, remains critically lauded for returning horror to the pages of comics, along with creating the character Blade.
June 6, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - A barbarian has needs - a sword, a shield and about 56 chicken breasts a week. That's what Jason Momoa ate while filming "Conan the Barbarian," this summer's big-screen reboot of the series that launched Arnold Schwarzenegger's action-movie career in 1982. Over a few months in 2010, Momoa, a 6-foot-4-inch Hawaiian actor and model, added about 30 pounds of muscle to his 205-pound frame to play two high-profile, bare-chested plunderers - Conan and Khal Drogo, the 7-foot-tall warrior-king marauding on HBO's "Game of Thrones.
May 28, 2011 |
I WENT TO SEE "Thor" with friends at the movies. It is a must-see for any self-respecting comic-book fan from the Lee-Kirby era of Marvel Comics. We were a privileged lot, no doubt about it. My friend John and I would never have dreamed that the super-hero comics that we voraciously read in our youth would ever have received such fabulous treatment. It was beyond the pale. But here we are. And there you have them - Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor and (soon!) Captain America.
October 8, 2010 |
POP . . . plus Grandchildren: These guys really pile it on. Take the collision of flamenco guitars, Afro-pop percussion and wooshy, echoplexed vocals, plus the jingling of cash registers and harmonic wave transmissons from outer space all found on their new track "Saturn Returns. " Help celebrate the creative process at their album release party/concert. With Little Teeth, Hermit Thrushes, the Armchairs. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 tonight, 215-739-9684, johnnybrendas.
May 24, 2010 |
Seven years in the making, "Avengers" No. 1 is well worth the wait. No, it didn't take the creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson seven years to produce the issue. They are all way faster than that. Most people in the industry are way faster than that - or else they'd starve. The only possible exception would be a book that announces Kevin Smith as its writer and Jim Lee as its artist. In that case, seven years between issues would not be far-fetched.
May 10, 2010
More 'Captain America' casting news Toby Jones, the British actor best known for playing Truman Capote in "Infamous," will play in his first comic-book movie, in Marvel Studios' "Captain America. " Jones is in final negotiations to portray a villainous scientist named Arnim Zola in the production, which already has Hugo Weaving as another bad guy, the Red Skull. The movie shoots this summer in England. In comics lore, Zola was a genetic engineer who created clones and various monstrosities.
April 5, 2010 |
Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada has gone on record saying "The Siege" is a story that will leave you wondering "How can they ever top that?" Hype? Sure. But after reading three of the four installments, Comics Guy has to ask "How are they going to top it?" - especially if the fourth and final issue gives us a conclusion and payoff worthy of the first three. This is great, epic stuff - on page after page and panel after panel. Those who are picking up a comic for the first time in a while will instantly understand the players and stakes involved - while longtime readers will see "The Siege" as a satisfying payoff to seven years of twists, turns and mayhem in the Marvel Universe and a nice setup to the company's upcoming "Heroic Age. " Indeed, this series marks the first time in nearly a decade that Marvel's Holy Trinity of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor are working together and that the majority of Marvel's heroes have put aside their differences to unite against a common threat.
November 10, 2008 |
"Project Superpowers" was one of the industry's biggest hits this year and exceeded even Dynamite's most optimistic expectations in terms of both buzz and sales. What is refreshing is that it is a comic that deserves its success and the accolades bestowed upon it. Once it was announced that artist extraordinaire Alex Ross would be co-plotting the book (along with frequent collaborator Jim Krueger) and doing painted covers for the series, it was certain to stand out from the pack on the racks, as all the Ross comics tend to do. What makes this "Project" truly special, however, is that Ross designed every new character in its pages.
September 29, 2008 |
Comics Guy often finds comics based on genres other than superheroes to be disappointing. Why? Because a lot of the time they are attempts to do stories, like crime dramas, that are done repeatedly on TV and in movies - and often done better. Usually, such projects are attempts to have comics taken seriously in a medium dominated by superhero genre fare - a genre that Comics Guy thinks comics do better than anyone else. So when Comics Guy kept hearing how great Ed Brubaker's "Criminal" was, my gut reaction was, "Great.